Queanbeyan District Hospital
Year of baby's birth
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Model of care
GP/hospital shared care
Why did you choose this model of care?
What were your choices for this birth?
Water immersion for labour and birth, Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process, Birth support team of my choice (no visitor restrictions)
How did your birth start?
Spontaneous labour (started naturally)
What were your outcomes?
Birth support team of my choice, Water immersion for labour, Vaginal birth, Physiological 3rd stage (natural placenta birth without syntocinon)
Did you feel you could say No to care/treatments offered (or change your mind about your choices) at any time?
Details of experience
this was a fairly quick birth, 4 hours all up, with about 2 hrs at the hospital. It was all me, and I felt confident.
My two complaints for this birth were:
1. Being a high BMI woman, I was treated disrespectfully despite all other measures being excellent. I had to attend a specialist scan and appointment at the Canberra Hospital further way to prove my ability to birth at Queanbeyan. I did not want this scan, but felt I had to play this game - as if I did not prove myself I would be deemed unacceptable. This occurred at 34 weeks. During the birth, I was facing the wall, and turned around after the baby was born to discover ALL staff were observing the fat woman having a physiological birth. Maybe they were just observing physiology...but I recall feeling it was my size that was of most interest. Of note - I don't think I was actually particularly big and I wasn't unhealthy. I was probably a size 16-18 at the time.
2. As 'delayed cord clamping' was a fairly new concept, they hovered annoyingly until the cord was cut.